Fo Guang Shan

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  • Hsi Lai Temple History

    Los Angeles is known for many of its sites; whether it be The Grove --known for its retail and entertainment complex-- or the Getty Center—notorious for its free art exhibit—the city of LA is a place for many cultures to unit. One site in particular, the Hsi Lai Temple, does not have the entertainment as the grove or the sculptures of ones work, however it offers much more to one’s knowledge about the meaning of life. Whether it is its history that intrigues one’s mind, the structure and design that persuades tourists to visit, or the temples purpose to serve to the community, the Hsi Lai Temple is one attraction to visit. Completed in 1988, the Hsi Lai Temple--located in Los Angeles-- was built to signify the dedication of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order. Their efforts were recognized for spreading the teachings of the Budda to those in the west; in fact Hsi Lai means "coming to the West". However, the spread of Buddhism originated not in the Hsi Lai Temple, but in Taiwan. History goes back to 1967 when the idea of propagating "Humanistic Buddhism" was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The idea of this propaganda was that one does not need to "go someplace else" to find enlightenment; realizing ones true nature in the here and now and practicing the fundamental…

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  • Confucianism: Song China's Strong Central Government

    Sima Guang’s ideas were in stark contrast of Anshi’s, and both men avoided each other, but the government slowly transitioned towards Guang’s ideas after Anshi left office. Sima did not approve of the reforms brought about by Anshi, and instead wanted a more traditionalist government, with self-sufficiency. “Sima argued for the cause of good government through moral leadership rather than by assertive measures and through the improved functioning of tested institutions rather than by drastic…

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  • Buddhism Temple Experience

    I visited the Buddhist temple called the Hsi Fang temple located in San Diego, CA at Park Blvd. Although Buddhism is my religion, I never knew much about. Before visiting a Buddhism temple, I felt that my experience there was very eye opening, and gave me a whole new understanding and appreciation for Buddhist practices and beliefs. In my mind, I thought that there are a few Buddhist temples in San Diego, such as Chua Ba Thien Hau, Tinh Xa Ngoc Minh (Bhikkuni Buddhist Congregation), or Wat Lao…

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  • Eating Meat In Buddhism

    Tracing back its history, in Buddhist countries like Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka radiate this equal care towards animals. For instance, Burman’s attitude towards animals seems like “the gentle toleration of a father to his little children who are stupid and stubborn, but are very lovable”. In line with this, people from Burma feed turtles and fish at monasteries. If they see fish that are dying out they immediately rescue and transfer it from pools to river (Harvey, 2000). The same in this…

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